Joel Isaacson is in his fifth season as equipment manager for the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team. He also served as equipment manager for the 2005 U.S. Men's University Select Team in Innsbruck, Austria.
During his time with the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team, Isaacson has served on teams that have claimed five titles, including the 2012 IPC Sled Hockey World Championship in Hamar, Norway; the 2012 World Sled Hockey Challenge in Calgary, Alberta; the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia; the 2015 World Sled Hockey Challenge in Leduc, Alberta; and the 2015 IPC Sled Hockey World Championship in Buffalo, New York.
Additionally, Isaacson served on the Team USA staff that earned runner-up finishes at the 2011 (Nov.) World Sled Hockey Challenge in Calgary Alberta; 2013 IPC Sled Hockey World Championship in Goyang, South Korea; and the 2013 World Sled Hockey Challenge in Toronto, Canada, as well as third-place finishes at the 2011 (Apr.) World Sled Hockey Challenge in London, Ontario.
Isaacson is the associate athletic director for external relations at Michigan Tech University. He is in charge of all corporate sponsorships, marketing, promotions and ticketing. Previously, he served as MTU's associate athletic director for compliance and operations.
Isaacson has served full time in the MTU athletic department for 12 years — the first four as equipment manager. He became operations manager and also took on NCAA compliance responsibilities in 2005. All told, Isaacson has a 14-year resume in the MTU athletics department since he served as manager for the hockey team while a student. He graduated with a degree in management information systems from Michigan Tech in 2001.
Isaacson resides in Hancock, Mich., with his wife, Kristi, and their children, Aidan and Kiera.